Gwinnett County Public Library's Removing Barriers Project selected for ASCLA/KLAS/NOD Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/15/2018


Ninah Moore

Training and Events Coordinator

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

(312) 280-4398

CHICAGO – Gwinnett County Public Library’s Removing Barrier’s Project, has been selected for the 2018 ASCLA/Keystone Library Automation Systems (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award administered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

The Removing Barriers Project mission is to strategically identify and address issues that might cause a person to hesitate using their public library. Library staff were charged with identifying who was not currently coming through their doors and then reaching out to area organizations to understand their barriers and actively work to remove them. Project results include a thoroughly updated Accessibility Center, sensory storytimes in each branch, an early opening day and time for families with children on the autism spectrum, and dedicated programs offering a social and educational experience for community members who are developmentally disabled.

The Library’s Strategic Plan for 2015 through 2018 calls for engagement of all segments of Gwinnett’s population and set the organization on a course to actively remove barriers and expand partnerships with community-minded groups and organizations. A major activity to address this goal was the complete renovation of assistive technologies housed in the Lawrenceville Branch. Adjustable height tables, JAWS software, a Prodigi reader that allows a customer to select reading with magnification or listening, an Intel Reader that converts text to digital text, then reads it aloud, high contrast keyboards, and a braille reader highlight the equipment added to the Assistive Technology Center.

The Gwinnett County Public Library’s Removing Barriers Project will be honored at the ASCLA Achievement Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:30-10:00am at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. All conference attendees are invited to attend the event. Additional event details are available on the conference website.

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members, who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, library cooperatives and library consultants